The answer to why there are so many DME (Durable Medical Equipment) companies that service Medicare.

Leavitt blames Congressmen Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) for introducing legislation that terminated the contracts and postponed the program for 18 months. Leavitt says the congressional intervention helps explain why many are suspicious of claims that Washington can cut enough waste to actually pay for health care reform, as President Obama told a joint session of Congress last month.

“Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan,” Leavitt said.

“The problem here is one man’s waste is another man’s living, and whenever there is an effort put forward to actually make an efficiency, someone goes on the offensive and hires lobbyists and does what they can to constrain Congress from doing it,” Leavitt said.

via Tracking Your Taxes: Medicare Waste Goes Unchecked – Political News –

UPDATE:  Mob making the most of it.